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Countries that continue to deal with Iran could face US sanctions: Bolton

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Countries that continue to deal with could face American sanctions, the administration said today, days after it announced its decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal.

The countries that continue to deal with could face sanctions. Europeans are going to face the effect of US sanctions already really because much of what they'd like to sell to involves for which the licenses will not be available, US said.

This was part of the flaw of the deal to entice and the into economic relations with Iran that eventually would have worked against really holding Iran accountable for violations of the deal. It's reminiscent of the saying attributed to that the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we'll hang them," he said.

That's what's wrong with this deal. Why would any business? Why would the shareholders of any business want to do business with the world's he asked.

Acknowledging that the Europeans are disappointed that the US got out of the deal.

He said perhaps they feel that way in large part because representatives of the were working in the past several weeks to try and prevent the deal from abrogating, which have given the Europeans the false impression that they could prevail.

We are gonna work with all of the Europeans. has discussed with in with in with in England to move beyond the deal. We all share the common objective of making sure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons, are worried about their terribly destabilising and threatening military behaviour across the region and their ballistic missile program. We are going to work to stop that, he said.

Responding to a question, Bolton said that the leadership of the previous lied to the American people.

Because in resolution 2231, the fifth preambular paragraph where it says, we welcome Iran's reaffirming that they don't have any intention to have a nuclear weapons program, it was a lie at the time. The administration then knew it was a lie and accepted anyway, he said.

If you look at the advances that Iran has made under cover of this agreement, it's conventional military and terrorists advances in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, in since 2015, Iran was really on the march. They were shifting the balance of power in the until got out of this deal, he said adding that the policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to a deliverable nuclear weapon.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 20:35 IST